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Veterans Day

Sacrifices honored during ceremony

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Dublin honored veterans this week for the many sacrifices they make to serve their country.

The annual Veterans Day ceremony, moved from the Grounds of Remembrance to Sells Middle School because of rain, focused on sacrifice while recognizing local veterans from every conflict since World War II.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich made an appearance at the ceremony and first recognized Jan Rozanski, father of Nicholas Rozanski, a Dublin man who died in April while serving in Afghanistan.

"It's really as hard as it gets," Kasich said of losing a child. "What's interesting or inspiring is that families recognize they give their lives serving their country."

Col. Tom Moe, director of the Ohio Department of Veterans Services, was also recognized by Kasich.

Moe was captured while serving in Vietnam and spent months being tortured in the "Hanoi Hilton" prison camp, he said.

"I asked Tom how he survived it," Kasich said. "He said he prayed a lot. He took life one moment at a time."

Moe's head position at the Ohio Department of Veterans Services was something Kasich called the "arc of justice" because Moe went from being tortured to serving Ohio's veterans.

Husband and wife, retired Navy Lt. Pete Borland and active Petty Officer 1st Class Patty Borland, of Dublin, also spoke at the Nov. 12 ceremony about sacrifice. Both had to deal with deployments while caring for their four children.

Mr. Borland said he spent 20 years in the Navy.

"I know my career wouldn't have been possible without the support of Patty and our children," he said.

While Mr. Borland was away serving in the military, Mrs. Borland had to deal with raising children, moving the family across the country and other family responsibilities, all while handling the jobs of a reservist.

Mr. Borland said often his tasks weren't comparable to those of his wife.

"There are years and months missed as a child grows up that cannot be recovered," he said.

As Mr. Borland was retiring, Mrs. Borland got called to active duty for one year of deployment in the Middle East. The family was also moving from Illinois to Dublin.

"Patty was here just a few days then me and my children ... waved goodbye," he said, adding that when families send a loved one off to serve, they don't know whether they'll be coming back.

"Patty trained us well to handle the sacrifice," he said.

As a parent that has stayed behind and been deployed, Mrs. Borland said military families carry a large burden as time and miles separate them.

Although a video option was available to communicate with her family, Borland said she decided against it after seeing a bunkmate's experience.

"It was very hard," she said. "My bunkmate did that then cried for six hours."

The family has survived, however, and Mrs. Borland said her eldest son feels the experience has made him more independent, which is important in life.

 

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